Articles by Joanna Turpin

MBI's BAS Becomes DIY

Armed with a knowledgeable staff and a distaste for retrofit price quotes, one facilities engineer at a Michigan R&D complex opted to design, assemble, and install the new BAS in-house. While you shouldn't necessarily try this at home, you can settle for reading about the ambition and achievement of this independent group. By Joanna R. Turpin
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Clearing The Air About The Latest Fume Hoods - Part 2

This month, the series gets beyond definitions and into market offerings from the realm of low-flow and high-performance hoods, as well as the "Berkeley hood." By Joanna R. Turpin
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Clearing the Air About the Latest Fume Hoods

Quick - define "low flow" and "high performance." This article covers the effort to reach common definition for common terms, adding five questions to ask when striving for safety. Next month, a follow-up will review current technologies. By Joanna R. Turpin
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Ascending to BAS Luxury

The first phase of Squaw Valley's new resort is called First Ascent, and it's a tall order. See how this slope-side destination deals with its particular cold weather challenges in style. By Joanna R. Turpin
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Ultrasonic Humidification is Ultra-Efficient

Low energy requirements, free cooling potential, and good retrofit suitability are just three appealing traits of this technology. As for caveats, water purity and adiabatic interaction within the system as a whole are two issues to keep in mind. Read on to see if and how an upcoming project might benefit from the efficiencies and economies that ultrasonic can offer. By Joanna R. Turpin
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Schools Get a Class IAQ Makeover

Serious IAQ problems in any facility cause concern, but urgency multiplies when the building is a school. Here's how one firm's creative sleuthing, which led staff and students back to a healthy learning environment. By Joanna Turpin
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Layered Automation Helps Chart College's Course

Western Michigan University needed a new steam and chilled water plant. However, what it wanted included flexibility regarding fuel sources, safe remote capabilities for the boiler and chiller controls, and room for future expansion. It also wanted someone else to manage the numerous web of vendors involved in such a project. Here's the story of an initial wishlist that evolved into a tailored long-term plan. By Joanna R. Turpin
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The Tower Of Cool Goes To School

One international consulting firm has become a true "design" firm, developing its own equipment solution to skyrocketing cooling demands for data center equipment. By Joanna R. Turpin
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Triple Threat in San Antonio

The NBA's San Antonio Spurs are the new SBC Center's primary client, but designers also had to prepare for hockey games, rodeos, and more, which presented an array of HVAC and smoke-control scenarios.
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A Remarkable Retail Retrofit

Competing for customers, one mall in Tulsa decided it was time for a serious HVAC upgrade. By Joanna R. Turpin
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